news Thursday, June 18, 2015 - 05:30
Opposition parties, including the Congress and AAP, on Thursday attacked the Narendra Modi government after veteran BJP leader L.K. Advani's remarks that forces that can crush democracy were stronger at present and a repeat of an Emergency-like situation cannot be ruled out. Advani made the remarks in an interview to The Indian Express. Congress spokesperson Tom Vadakkan said it is not only his party which is questioning the government "but even senior BJP leadership is raising questions on the efficacy of the government". Another Congress spokesperson Sanjay Jha, tweeted:   Advani Ji is right; an authoritarian regime exists under the garb of a democratically elected government. — Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) June 18, 2015   Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took a dig at Prime Minister Modi and the central government in a reference to the various standoffs between the Centre and his Aam Aadmi Party government on issues including power to appoint and transfer officials.    Advani ji is correct in saying that emergency can't be ruled out. Is Delhi their first experiment? — Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) June 18, 2015   AAP leader Ashutosh also tweeted that Advani's interview is first "indictment of Modi's politics". Advani then said BJP had moved away from the ideals of Mukherji, Atal, Upadhyaya and pursuing personal interest of one man.Advani was right. — ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) June 18, 2015 Advani's interview is first indictment of Modi's politics.He is saying democracy is not safe,emergency is not far,under Modi's leadership.     — ashutosh (@ashutosh83B) June 18, 2015 Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, of the Janata Dal-United, said Advani was a veteran leader and there is need to give attention to his fear and worry. "The BJP leader is right to a large extent in his remarks that at the present point of time, the forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger," he told media persons in Patna. BJP spokesperson M.J. Akbar, however, said Advani may have been referring to institutions rather than individuals, and he does not think there is any chance of an emergency-like situation. In an interview to the Indian Express ahead of the 40th anniversary of the imposition of emergency in India, Advani said "forces that can crush democracy, notwithstanding the constitutional and legal safeguards, are stronger". Observing that he did not mean the political leadership was not mature, he said he did not have faith due to its weakness. Advani also said that he did not have confidence that Emergency cannot happen again, noting "there aren't enough safeguards in India in 2015". Internal emergency was imposed on the country by Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on June 25-26, 1975 and it lasted 19 months. With IANS 
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